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Jim Watson has sat on the edge of the Grand Canyon under a full moon,
at the top of a Mayan pyramid during a power blackout and on the side
of an Egyptian pyramid. He once met Lyndon Johnson in a bathroom and he
owns Ringo Starr’s autograph. Watson coined the word “neurobics” and has
invented a flag-waving hat, a dog-leash belt, backgammon-in-the-round,
TravelPants and several pieces of furniture.
Watson also helped organize the AIGA Oklahoma chapter and served on
its board for six years. He has 27 years experience teaching design and
creative problem-solving at four universities: Oklahoma State
University, University of Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma and
UPAEP in Puebla, Mexico.
According to Watson, he is a minimalist. He loves to travel. Bryce
Canyon in Utah is his favorite natural site, Walt Disney World his
favorite man-made one. He likes to drink coffee. He likes to write. He
likes to invent. He thinks teachers and medical support staff don’t get
paid enough. He doesn’t like telemarketing spiels or laugh tracks on
sitcoms. He is a dog lover. He likes dining with friends. He loves New
York City. He also loves sudoku and crossword puzzles and solving mind
games. He is fascinated by word origins, likes to read the newspaper,
loves to teach and to push minds. Most of all, he thinks life is a hoot.
How do we think outside the box? How do we generate new ideas? Lisa Schneller shares some answers to these questions, culled from her experience at AIGA San Francisco’s “D. Talks: Power-Up Your Creative Process” with Maria Giudice of Hot Studio, Ji Lee of Facebook, Rick Byrne of CBS Interactive and Josh Levine of Great Monday.
It’s rare for American audiences to have access to the wealth of graphic design that is currently being created in Iran. Recently, a team of designers, writers and scholars have convened to curate a collection of contemporary Iranian design and exhibit it in the United States.
Section: Inspiration -
graphic design, Exhibition, posters, cross-cultural design, culture, international
What happens when designers apply their problem-solving skills to socially progressive businesses and causes? In the first of an ongoing series of posts, Laura Weiss shares her experience and points the way for designers considering pro bono projects.
Section: Why Design -
nonprofit, personal essay, Design for Good, problem solving, pro bono, social responsibility
As in-house designers, we often become immersed in our companies, causing us to lose perspective on our assignments and, more insidiously, on appropriate behaviors and ethics. Learn to identify if you’ve fallen prey to “brand blindness” and adopted the company culture wholesale, and use your creativity to improve the culture instead.
Section: Tools and Resources -
in-house design, corporate design, in-house issues, professional development, INitiative, advice, business, ethics
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@marcocaridad great meeting you in Philly. Can't wait for the Latin conference your producing! I hope to come down for it! #aigaconnect